FAQs about Qurbani

What is Qurbani?
Animals to be sacrificed
Time of the sacrifice
Rules of Slaughter
Update (7th- July-2022):

Overview of Qurbani 2022

The event of sacrifice and devotion is finally here for Muslims around the world. Hence, the main purpose of the Qurbani is to show the Almighty our faithfulness and royalty. Besides, we should know the basic details related to Eid-ul-Adha 2022. Moreover, it is fair to do research related to Islam and resolve your confusion. Therefore, the answers to the most trending questions related to Qurbani are given below:

Can you perform Qurbani for someone else?

We normally perform Qurbani with those who are present during the slaughter. Hence, it is permissible to sacrifice animals for others. Such as someone who is not available and a dead person. However, there is a condition; the individual should be from your family.

How many times should we perform Qurbani in a year?

Muslims Qurbani every year on Eid ul Adha, and it’s up to you to sacrifice a cow, goat or sheep. Moreover, if you are eligible for Zakat then, then vice versa you are eligible to perform Qurbani.

Can we do Qurbani at night? 

Yes, performing Qurbani at night is permissible by Islam. However, we should prefer to do the execution during the daytime because the majority of scholars suggest sacrificing in the morning after EId namaz and Khutbah is better. 

Is Qurbani obligatory for those who perform Hajj?

Yes, if you are performing Hajj then, it becomes mandatory to sacrifice at Masjid al-Haram. Likewise, it’s a devotion to Almighty Allah and obligatory. Otherwise, your Hajj won’t be completed.

In the month of Dhul-Hijjah, Muslims around the world celebrate the three days of Eid Al-Adha, to mark the completion of Hajj, as well as remember the trust and love Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had on Allah. These days are extremely important days for the Muslim community just like Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and other such Islamic occasions. There’s so much to know about Qurbani 2021 and we have answered everything in this post.

Overview of Qurbani 2021

What is Qurbani
By sacrificing the animal, we remember the trust and love Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had for Allah

With Eid-Al-Adha expected to fall in between 19th to 22nd July, as per the holiday calendar, let us help you clear any confusion there might be regarding Qurbani, its rules and how to perform it. 

What is Qurbani in Islam?

Qurbani in Islam is the act of sacrificing the Halal animals on anyone of the three day of Eid Al-Adha to show our dedication towards the creator. By sacrificing the animal, we remember the trust and love Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had for Allah. When asked to show his faith towards God, Prophet Ibrahim did not hesitate and was willing to sacrifice his son (Prophet Ismail A.S), for the sake of Allah. Seeing his trust and faith, God replaced Prophet Ismail (A.S) with a sheep. 

By sacrificing each year, we remember the obedience of the prophet and show that we too are willing to sacrifice for the sake of Allah. The meat from the animals have to be distributed to the less fortunate of the society, thus a reason to perform Qurbani is to give back to the community and spread happiness. 

Who is eligible to perform qurbani?

Qurbani is mandatory for adult Muslims who can afford it. However, in order to bring ease to the people who cannot afford the act, Islam has allowed some exceptions, for the individuals who:

  • Do not have 52.5 tola of silver or the amount equal to it 
  • Are 40-45 kilometers (the Shar’I distance) away from home
  • Are not adults  
  • Are mentally challenged   

In other words, if you are eligible to pay Zakat then you are eligible to perform Qurbani.

Note: You can perform Qurbani on behalf of others, for example the ones who have passed away.

Which animals are considered for Qurbani 2021?

There are certain rules and regulations for choosing which livestock to slaughter, based on their age and health.

Note: Only sheep, goats, cows, and camels are allowed to be slaughtered, of either gender.

The animal should be of the minimum age of:

  • Sheep and Goat of one year (equal to one Qurbani)
  • Cows and Buffalo of two years (equal to seven Qurbani)
  • Camels of five years (equal to seven Qurbani)

In the matter of health, the following instructions are to be kept in mind:

  • Horns must not be broken
  • Must have at least half of their teeth
  • Cannot be blind or lose a third or more of the sight
  • Must not walk with a limp
  • Must be well fed and raised properly

When does the sacrifice take place?

Eid Al-Adha Prayers
You can perform Qurbani any time after offering the eid prayers

The animals are sacrificed on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the festival falls on the 10th, 11th and the 12th of Dhul Hijjah. You can perform Qurbani 2021 any time after offering the eid prayers on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah. 

Performing Qurbani before offering the Eid prayers is considered as Sadaqah and not the fulfilling of the obligation.

How to slaughter an animal?

There are certain rules that one has to follow in order to fulfill Qurbani.

  • Animals should be slaughtered with a sharp knife, as dull knives can cause unnecessary pain
  • Knives should not be sharpened in front of the animal to be sacrificed
  • Animals should not be slaughtered in front of other animals
  • While sacrificing, reciting “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” is necessary
  • Until the body is cold, the animal sacrificed should not be skinned

Distribution of Meat

The meat of the animal slaughtered should be divided into three equal parts. 

  • A portion can be kept for yourself
  • A portion can be kept for your friends and family
  • A portion is given to the less fortunate individuals

Other rules related to distributing meat include:

  • If the sacrifice is made in partnership, then the meat divided among the members will be according to weight and not estimation
  • The butcher should not be paid with meat
  • If the skin of the animal is sold, the money should be given to the needy, and not kept for yourself

Frequently Asked Questions about Eid Al-Adha

Here are the most commonly asked questions about the act of performing Sacrifice.

We perform Qurbani to show complete devotion and submission to Allah.

Yes. Qurbani is compulsory on anyone that can afford it and is of sound mind.

If you have missed Qurbani in a year, you can make it up by sacrificing an extra animal, or offer the amount equal to an animal, to the poor.

Although it is not mandatory, the ones performing Qurbani are strongly encouraged to not cut their nails or hair, from the first day of Dhul Hijjah till the first day of Eid Al-Adha.

You can choose from any of the following:

  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Cattle (Cow/ Buffalo)
  • Camel

The cow mandi is set up shortly after Eid-ul-Fitr.

We have shared with you all there is to know about Qurbani, the reason behind the act, the rules while performing it and the eligibility of the individual performing the act.

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